The 30-hour workshop runs 7 hours a day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - and Saturday morning. Thursday is a day off for sight-seeing or rest.
The workshop begins with exercises designed to awaken a sensory and imagistic relationship with voice. The progression of exercises leads from physical awareness (locating tension and releasing it), to awareness of natural breathing, the experience of sound in the body, the release of tension in the throat, jaw, tongue and soft palate, the development of resonating power in the chest, the mouth and the face, the accompanying development of breathing power, the exploration of range throughout two to three octaves of speaking notes and, finally, to articulation.
The workshop gives a practical, experiential overview of the voice work for actors known as Freeing the Natural Voice. This work is extensively laid out and explained in the 2006 edition of Kristin Linklater’s book Freeing the Natural Voice: Imagery and Art in the Practice of Voice and Language. The overall function of the work is to remove the physical and psychological blocks that inhibit the human vocal instrument. The objective of the work is a voice in direct contact with emotional impulse, shaped by the intellect but not restricted by it. Once the voice is free it can connect viscerally with language, transforming communication and interpretative skills.
Be aware that exercises include adapted yoga position, floor relaxation, arm-swings and other physical activities. All these can be adjusted to individual physical needs.
Accommodation: You will be housed at the Voice Centre in our new, purpose-built Bothy. All rooms are single occupancy with shared toilet/shower facilities.
Duration: The workshop offers a minimum of 30 hours tuition time.
Sunday: Please plan your arrival to be at the Voice Centre for 6pm for a welcome dinner and orientation. You will be collected from the ferry or airport and taken to the Centre (please note travel times: 45 mins from airport, 20 mins from ferry).
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: These are your core working days.
Classes run from 9.00am - 1.00pm and 3.00pm to 6.00pm.
There will be a two-hour lunch break from 1.00pm - 3.00pm.
The evening meal will be served at around 6.30pm.
Thursday: This is a day for study and relaxation, either staying home at the Centre or out exploring Orkney. Breakfast will be available as normal but lunch and dinner will not be provided. You may cook for yourself or eat out at a restaurant. Thursday’s plans will be arranged once you are here.
Saturday: There will be a final morning session of voice work 9.00-12.30.
Departures are any time after 12.30, and lunch will be provided if your departure is later than 12.30.
February 4th - February 10th 2018
Price: £850.00 + (inc VAT)*
Qualifications for attendance:
Desire to develop understanding of voice. No previous training necessary. Fluent ENOUGH in English to follow Kristin's instruction.
Bring: Loose clothing for work. No belts. No jeans. Up to 20 lines of a memorised text that has special meaning for you. This can be a poem or a dramatic speech from any period, or any prepared text that serves your purpose (e.g 3 minutes of a speech or lecture). If English is not your first language, then the text can be in your own language - bring an English translation.
If you are unsure if you fulfil the prerequisites for your chosen workshop please use the 'Enquire' button in the first instance.